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Bad decisions beget bad connectivity

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In the last few years, Birmingham city council has allowed

  • the goods yard at Moor Street railway station to be redeveloped for the Bullring shopping centre
  • property company Ballymore to build offices on the east side of the old Snow Hill station site.

As a result of these decisions, the options for increasing railway capacity and connectivity in the West Midlands have been much reduced.

Three Snowhill is one of three office buildings which prevent capacity expansion at Snow Hill railway station

Three Snowhill is one of three newly-built office buildings which prevent capacity expansion at Snow Hill railway station

If HS2 is built as planned in Leeds and Manchester, the regional connectivity disbenefits could be even larger than in Birmingham. Implementation of city ‘S-Bahn’ systems in Manchester and Leeds would probably become unaffordable and infeasible.

If the Piccadilly / Mayfield station area is redeveloped in the way intended by Manchester council, it is unlikely that a Manchester 'S-Bahn' could ever be implemented

If the Piccadilly / Mayfield station area is redeveloped in the way intended by Manchester council, it is unlikely that a Manchester ‘S-Bahn’ could ever be implemented

With its capacity-sapping flat junctions, Network Rail’s Ordsall chord is in no way a substitute for a Leipzig-style Piccadilly – Victoria interconnector (‘Picvic 21’).

With its flat junctions, the Ordsall chord could not enable a high frequency Manchester regional 'S-Bahn'

With its flat junctions, the Ordsall chord could not enable a high frequency Manchester regional ‘S-Bahn’

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Written by beleben

March 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. Who are these people offering ‘advice’ and do they have expertise ? Take Network Rail – it is infrastructure to carry trains. The deal as to who runs trains is 95% done by the franchises arranged by Govt’s Dept for Transport. So why does NR have ‘Route Managing Directors’ ? What skills do they have ? The route through Birmingham has Martin Frobisher. Is he ex Financial Services ? http://www.nottinghampost.com/electric-line-new-rail-boss-s-priority/story-13987052-detail/story.html

    Roadman

    March 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm


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